Council of the EU reaches negotiating position on e-Privacy

The Council of the European Union has today agreed on its negotiating position on the EU draft e-Privacy regulation which will repeal the existing e-Privacy directive.

The negotiating mandate, prepared under Portugal’s Presidency, means that the Council can now start talks with the European Parliament.

The text was approved by the Member States after a considerable delay – the e-Privacy draft was presented by the EU Commission in January 2017.

Pedro Nuno Santos, Portuguese Minister for Infrastructure and Housing, President of the Council, said:

“Robust privacy rules are vital for creating and maintaining trust in a digital world. The path to the Council position has not been easy, but we now have a mandate that strikes a good balance between solid protection of the private life of individuals and fostering the development of new technologies and innovation. The Portuguese presidency is very pleased to launch talks now with the European Parliament on this key proposal.”

More details and analysis will be available in future issues of PL&B Reports.

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